Takayama Showa Museum, Takayama

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  • July 17, 2017
    This is a must see stop for anyone who visits Takayama! A great collection of all things from the Showa period-Godzilla, movie posters, dishes, you name it, it's there. All items are great examples of...  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    Short walk from Takayama Yaskawa intersection. But I don't know why in the high mountains of Showa Museum. Near the entrance of sweets and old times nostalgia, there was space invaders game of table expressions. To pay 800 yen and into the exhibition hall. Exhibition Hall has been reproduced in Showa town. A nice dimensional space experience during the journey.
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  • July 9, 2017
    It's a place of nostalgia with old shops and businesses recreated.Also an old schoolroom.Our favourite were the old, working Pachinko machines you could play.  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    An awesome place to spend an or so, wandering the old city streets. Each of the themed rooms are full of interesting things you can see and touch. Upstairs you play their Super Nintendo games and try on kimonos for free.
  • March 21, 2017
    Pleasingly interesting place filled with Japanese oldies. A bit pricey for the size hence the 4 stars. It's a good option to consider when on a short day trip or when it rains.
  • September 15, 2016
    Really interesting museum and a good place to pass time. I was in Takayama for one day and this museum fit perfectly into my day activities list. It's a bit pricey therefore the 4 stars but the contents of the museum are cool and interesting.
  • October 25, 2016
    This museum is a wealth of information, memorabilia & collectables that rivals Antiques Roadshow. Room upon room stacked with items from Japanese everyday life in the past. So glad to find it and stayed for 4hrs. This is one Takayama site not to be missed.
  • August 9, 2016
    Little local labor of love, packed with memorabilia displayed in vignette rooms dressed as typical spaces you would have encountered in daily life during the Showa era, 1926-1989 (the years of emperor Hirohito's reign). Items displayed skew heavily toward the 60s to 80s. There is a small English-language pamphlet guide which provides some context, but otherwise you'll simply wander through and interpret the packrat displays as best you can. Some items need no explanation; see photos. 😉

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